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Yes, it is best to hire a family law attorney that specializes or has extensive experience in QDROs. This is because the QDRO must conform to the legal requirements, And to the requirements of the plan administrator. If it is not done correctly, it will be rejected by either the administrator or the court, and that will create unnecessary delays.
To give you an idea of how complicated QDROs are, here is a 29 page instructional brochure from the state of Alaska (QDROs are similar in all states, because they are based largely on federal law): http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/pdf/forms/qdro-booklet.pdf
An attorney can be located here: https://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/lris/directory/
This explains the basics of a QDRO: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/publications/the_101_201_practice_series/domestic_relations_ordersand_erisa.html
http://www.americanbar.org/newsletter/publications/law_trends_news_practice_area_e_newsletter_home/0705_family_familylawyer.html (discussing complexities)
--------------------------------------Here is a link to locate an attorney:http://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm
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